Coxiella (bacterium)

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Coxiella burnetii
Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Gammaproteobacteria
Order: Legionellales
Family: Coxiellaceae
Genus: Coxiella

Coxiella refers to a genus of Gram-negative bacteria in the family Coxiellaceae. It is named after Herald Rea Cox (1907–1986), an American bacteriologist. It is one of the Gammaproteobacteria.[1]

Coxiella burnetii is the only member of this genus. It is an intracellular bacterium and it survives within the phagolysosomes of its host. It causes Q fever.


  1. ^ Coxiella at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

External links[edit]

  • Coxiella genomes and related information at PATRIC, a Bioinformatics Resource Center funded by NIAID